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Presidency says Twitter account threatening free speech is fake

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President Buhari decried the abuse of social media by some Nigerians during his recent presidential speech. Photo credit: Aso Rock

The presidency has assured Nigerians that it is not against free speech as against the rumours circulating on social media.

To confirm its seriousness, the presidency also disowned a Twitter account posing as a mouth-piece of theNigerian Military.

The Twitter handle @DefenseMonitor which was opened recently had been taken seriously by many Nigerians before the intervention of President Muhammadu Buhari’s media aides.

There are also plans to report the handle to the management of Twitter to prevent misinformation by the handle toNigerians.

The Nigerian military began monitoring social media,to identify peddlers of fake news, anti-government and anti-security activities in the country recently.

The new development was announced 2 days after the live broadcast deliveredby President Muhammadu Buhari and was disclosed by Major-General John Enenche, Director of Defence Information.

Acknowledging the challenges associated with social media globally, Enenche stated that:“It is a double-edged sword and we are also having a bit of it.”

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